Couple accused of spying in Turkey will campaign with Lior Raz

Mordi and Natalie Oknin, the couple who were arrested in Turkey last November, will be featured in an ad campaign with the “Fauda” star for an insurance company.

Lior Raz stars in the second season of the Israeli political thriller ‘Fauda.’ (photo credit: NETFLIX)
Lior Raz stars in the second season of the Israeli political thriller ‘Fauda.’
(photo credit: NETFLIX)

Israelis Mordi and Natalie Oknin, the couple that was arrested in Turkey in November in a high-profile case, will be featured in a television commercial for insurance company "Bituach Yashir," Israeli media reports.

The couple will feature in an ad campaign with Israeli actor Lior Raz, who stars in the hit Netflix shows “Fauda” and “Hit and Run.” Raz, who is known for his roles as secret agents and special force members, will attempt to free the couple from jail in the ironic TV advertisement.

The Oknins were arrested last month for photographing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s palace in Istanbul. Police had initially recommended deporting them, but Turkish prosecutors later requested that the couple, as well as a Turkish citizen who was with them, face charges of “political or military espionage.”

Israel’s embassy in Ankara was instrumental in securing their release, as was Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who spoke to Turkish President Reccip Erdogan privately and assured him the couple was not involved in espionage.

 Mordy and Natali Oknin (credit: Courtesy) Mordy and Natali Oknin (credit: Courtesy)

The couple, residents of Modi’in who work as bus drivers for Egged, was released a week later.

Raz, who served in the IDF’s elite undercover counter-terrorism unit known as Sayeret Duvdevan, began filming season four of Fauda in November.